Penicillin doses for kids may need to be revised

December 16, 2011

British health experts say penicillin doses for children need to be reviewed because youngsters are getting heavier.

Doses for children based on age, with an assumed average weight, have remained unchanged for 50 years. But with kids now weighing more, a report in the British Medical Journal says a review is needed to ensure they are getting an adequate dose of oral penicillin.

Researchers want to reassure parents that the study does not provide any evidence children are being harmed by improper dosages. But they do want to look into whether kids are getting doses that are the most effective.

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